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Gladys Knight Mourns Death of Pips Member William Guest

Gladys Knight & the Pips William Guest
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Edward Patten, Bubba Knight, Gladys Knight and William Guest of Gladys Knight & the Pips photographed circa 1970. 

Gladys Knight is asking God to look after one of her beloved band members who has died.

Knight and her brother, Merald "Bubba" Knight, released a statement Sunday about Pips member William Guest, who died last week at 74 of congestive heart failure.

"We have lost many along the way; Edward Patten, Eleanor Guest, and now William Guest," Gladys Knight said. "We tried using our gifts of music in a way that would be pleasing to God. Please, take care of their journeys home and I say thank you Lord for a long and wonderful ride."

William Guest, Member of Gladys Knight & the Pips, Dies at 74

Merald Knight said Guest was "more like a 'big' brother to me than a distant cousin."

"From day one, when the Pips were formed, we were two Road Warriors, succeeding against the odds of the show business," Knight said.

In addition to many of the Pips' hit singles, Guest sang backup vocals on the 1973 recording "Midnight Train to Georgia," which won a Grammy and topped the Billboard Hot 100.